The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library: Something for everyone

The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library Something for everyone “There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the premises.” https://www.neh.gov/article/complicated-role-modern-public-library The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library Something for everyone Jennifer Howard The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library Something for everyone Jennifer Howard Photo caption “There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the premises. Photo caption Photo caption One place, though, remains open to everybody. The public library requires nothing of its visitors: no purchases, no membership fees, no dress code. You can stay all day, and you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t need money or a library card to access a multitude of on-site resources that includes books, e-books and magazines, job-hunting assistance, computer stations, free Wi-Fi, and much more. And the library will never share or sell your personal data. In a country riven by racial, ethnic, political, and socioeconomic divides, libraries still welcome everyone. “We are open spaces,” says Susan Benton, the president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, whose members include public-library systems serving cities large and small across the United States. “We certainly are without judgment about anybody’s characteristics.”...

First Notice: FOPL 2020 Annual General Meeting at OLA Super Conference

FOPL MEMBERS: 1st Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto (Room TBD) at the OLA Super Conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Registration opens – 3:30 p.m   PLEASE LOGIN TO THE MEMBERS SECTION TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD AGM DOCUMENTS Board of Directors Documents FOPL_AGM_AGENDA_2020 2019_AGM_MINUTES...

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2019’s Top 10 Reads in Cities Deepening Communities

2019’s Top 10 Reads in Cities Deepening Communities https://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/latest/2019s-top-10-reads-in-cities-deepening-communities “What a year 2019 has been! With all the news around the growing epidemic of loneliness, communities have been leaning into each other, seeking to foster social connection among residents and neighbours. This momentum has catalyzed a Deepening Community movement. Fifteen cities across Canada are leading this movement as founding members of our newly launched Cities Deepening Community membership. We have gleaned numerous insights from our members and our learning community over the course of the year.  There was so much great work that was done this year that we wanted to give you our top 10; Asset-Based Community Development At A Glance – This short guide provides all the ingredients you need to start to work with your community to design your own ABCD initiative. Survey Says: Canadians are Lonely and Socially Isolated – Read about the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with Cardus, 2019  Canada-wide study on social isolation and loneliness and the results are concerning. Loneliness and Social Isolation are Public Health Issues – Read about the Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David D William,  2019 annual report called Connected Community Healthier Together.  You can hear more from Dr William in this webinar: Ending Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Public Health Perspective. 3 Lessons from Awakening the Power of Families & Neighbourhood – We held our first book club on Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods by John McKnight and Peter Block. After studying this book in our first ever book club, member, Keith Dow, shares his insights and top three themes to consider as we move into practice of ABCD. Re-imaging Rural Communities Using ABCD – Read...

Top 10 Federal Poverty-Related Policy Changes in 2019

Top 10 Poverty-Related Policy Changes in 2019 Posted on December 16, 2019 By Elle Richards “In 2019, Canadians re-elected a Liberal government in October’s federal electionand have seen policies both enhanced and eroded through changes to governments at all levels. Cities Reducing Poverty works with members and across levels of government to support, advocate and influence these policies that make life better for all Canadians. Here are our highlights and lows for the past year: Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategywith a vision of a Canada without poverty, releases an update on its year one progress. Key supportive policies on Canada’s progress have been enhancements and efforts to increase take-up of the Canada Child Benefit and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. In June, the Poverty Reduction Act becomes law, entrenching ambitious poverty reduction targets and Canada’s Official Poverty Line. The act ensures poverty will remain a priority for years to come. Canada recruits and announces its members of the arms-length National Advisory Council on Poverty to ensure continued accountability to Canadians on poverty reduction. The Advisory Council brings together persons with lived experience, leaders, experts, academics, and practitioners working in the field of poverty reduction to advise the government on its strategy and report on progress toward meeting poverty reduction targets every year. Members include those who are actively part of our Cities Reducing Poverty network. An update on the Market Basket Measure, Canada’s Official Poverty Line, comprehensive review is released. Considerations are underway for updating the components of the basket (food, clothing, transportation, shelter and other necessities), methodology and disposable income concept. Not yet reflective of Northern parts of Canada, work is undergoing to create an...